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Aug 28, 2014

49ers Rumors: Stevie Johnson not connecting with Kaepernick

By on 10:58 PM

Newly-signed wideout Stevie Johnson does not seem to be making an impact in San Francisco with his new quarterback as he fights for either the WR2 and WR3 spot with the likes of Anquan Boldin and Brandon Lloyd.

Kevin Patra of's Around the NFL wrote:

The San Francisco 49ers' first-team offense has looked off-kilter all preseason.
The issues are one part offensive line struggles and another part chemistry with receivers.
Kaepernick concurred with that assessment.The most notable disconnect is between Colin Kaepernick and new No. 3 receiver Stevie Johnson. The wideout admitted this week part of the chemistry troubles stems from his "unorthodox" style requiring time to build rapport with a quarterback.
"There are times that he's going to make a move on a DB, and you have to be ready because he's also making a move that you have to see," Kaepernick said, per The Sacramento Bee. "So I think that's something where it took a little bit longer just to get used to his body language because he had some unorthodox things that he does. But ultimately his separation is there, he's getting open."
Coach Jim Harbaugh said this week Johnson's spot on the 53-man roster is secure, even though his preseason has garnered just two receptions for 11 yards.
The receiver believes the chemistry issues have already begun to dissipate.
"I would say we're getting close," Johnson said. "I can't say we're completely on. It's only been a couple months. It's getting there. I can't say we're clicking right now but we're getting there."
With the 49ers' annually stout defense missing some key playmakers to start the season, Kaepernick and his receivers need to click when games start to count.

Johnson was acquired from the Buffalo Bills in May of 2014 for a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2015.  He was traded after the Bills selected Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins in the first round of the NFL Draft earlier that month.

With injuries on a dominant defense, the 49ers will certainly look to their offense for some high-profile production.  Two 49ers running backs, Marcus Lattimore and Kendall Hunter are both in doubt for the season; the former starting the season on the non-football injury list and the latter being on injured reserve.  This means that the main focus will be on the receiving corps and how they can work together to make up for these injuries and produce the same output that got them to the NFC Championship game last season.

San Francisco hopes the chemistry between Johnson and Kaepernick can develop in the near future in order to be able to face the tough schedule they have ahead of them in 2014.


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